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New York Court Ruling on "Chokeholds" Reignites Police Training Debate

The New York State Supreme Court has ruled a state law banning "chokeholds" may take now effect, potentially permanently removing that tactic from an officer's available inventory of arrest-and-control techniques.

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Louisville Restricts Police Chases to Violent Felony Suspects

The new policy, which took effect April 26 according to an internal memo written by Chief Erika Shields, is a rollback to a policy enacted in December 2012 to reduce deaths and injuries caused by the chases.

Charleston, WV, Police Chief Announce Plans for Deescalation, More Less-Lethal Tools

“Tasers we have are the very first and second model issued. That would be taser two. They now have Taser seven which is a much more effective technology and is much more accurate,” Chief Tyke Hunt explained.

San Diego Police Announce New Policy for Interaction with Transgender, Non-Binary Persons

Officers must give people who identify as transgender or nonbinary the choice of the gender of the officer who will perform a search on them.

Talking About Warning Shots

"If I'm not going to shoot the assailant who poses a threat of death or great bodily harm, where am I going to shoot that could be considered a 'safe direction?'"

Chicago Mayor Calls for Foot Pursuit Policy After Fatal Shooting of Armed Teenager

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s call for police policy changes comes four years after the U.S. Justice Department recommended in a report about CPD’s practices that it adopt a foot pursuit policy.

Body Camera Policy and Training

Implementing a successful body-worn camera program is a lot more complex than choosing your preferred vendor and slapping those cameras on the uniforms of your officers.

Point of Law: Using the Baton

Your agency's use-of-force policy needs to specify when the baton can be used, the legal justification for its use, and what to do afterward.

Denver Police Department Bans Chokeholds and Makes Other UOF Policy Changes

The Denver Police Department on Sunday announced changes to the department's use-of-force policies, banning chokeholds and requiring officers to report any incident in which they point a sidearm at an individual.

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Policing During the Plague

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced agencies to find new ways of doing the job while keeping officers and the public safe.

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